Checking lawnmowers before the grass grows

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The grass might not be growing just yet, but it won’t be long until we start mowing the lawn. Now is the time to check if your lawnmower works, before you need it.

At Acres Equipment in East Longmeadow, they typically find lots of people that try powering up their lawnmowers, but they don’t work because fuel has been sitting in it all winter.

The ethanol and water in the fuel separate, clogging the engine. The same thing can happen to your snow blower, so there are some things you need to do before you put your snow blower away.

“Make sure that you either run them completely dry of fuel or if you leave the fuel in it, put a good stabilizer in it, run it two or three minutes so that it will go through the fuel system,” said Conrad Wiezbicki, Owner of Acres Equipment.

A stabilizer in your snow blower or lawnmower prevents fuel from separating. Other than the fuel, make sure you check the safety cables, oil levels and get your blades sharpened and balanced before using your lawnmower for the first time.

If there is a problem with your lawnmower, now is the time to get it serviced, before service experts get backed up fixing lots of other mowers.

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